Okra & Onion Kozhambu

Ingredients to serve 6 people

1 Small Onion (Chopped in quarters)
5-6 Okras (chopped in half)
1 Lime size Tamarind (soaked in a cup of hot water)
2 Tbs. Gingili Oil
1 Tsp. Mustard Seeds
1 Tsp. Fenugreek Seeds
¼ inch Piece Asafoetida or
½ Tsp. Asafoetida Powder
A Few Curry Leaves
1-2 Tsp. Salt
2 Cups Water
3 ½ Tsp. Sambhar Powder

Okra & Onion Kozhambu

Okra & Onion Kozhambu


Soak the tamarind in hot water for about 10 minutes.
Extract the juice by adding the water little by little and use the 2 ½ cups of water in a dish and keep aside.
Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
When the mustard seeds crackle, add the fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida.
Fry till the fenugreek seeds turn golden brown.
Add the chopped okra and onions and fry for 3-4 minutes.
Pour in the extracted tamarind juice, sambhar powder and the salt
Cook for 15 minutes on a medium flame.

This tamarind gravy is now ready to be served

Note: Plain Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, golden, green or red capsicum or Pumpkin and Sweet potato with onion are some of the vegetables that can be prepared in a similar manner.



  1. Hi mami..tried the Okra and Onion koyumbu today with carrot thengai curry. Easy and simply splendid…Thank-you muchly <3 xx

    • Shobha Krishnan says:

      Awesome Shilpa! Thanks for your feedback . I am in the process of posting simple recipes for everyday meals similar to the kozhambu. Keep looking out for more updates. In the meantime if you need a particular recipe, let me know so will do my best and post it for you as soon as I can.!!

  2. Any paneer recipes you have would be gratefully received thankyou 🙂 x